The Florida Keys are a natural wonder of the world. The infamous archipelago is comprised of ancient coral reef remnants and sand bars. 1,700 mangrove-adorned islands span 220 miles and are abundant with life.
Deep roots of the salt-tolerant Mangrove trees provide shelter for marine life and act as a nursery for young reef fish. Their plentiful leaves and limbs provide superior nesting areas for birds.
We encourage you visit one of Key West’s hidden gems, the Indigenous Park at The Key West Wildlife Center that provides world class rehabilitative care and rescues over 1500 animals each year! On your walk through the beautifully landscaped grounds you will find the Turtle Pond full of creatures big and small acting out natural behaviors in the wild. You will also discover aviaries housing birds of all kinds who find residency and rehabilitation at the center throughout the year.
[Key West Wildlife Center urges residents and tourists to never feed wildlife. Doing so harms animal health, causing illness, familiarity to humans, severe injuries, and all too frequently, death.]
Six miles from the Dry Tortugas and Florida Keys to the St. Lucie Inlet in Martin County spans 360 linear miles of residential territory to one-third of Florida’s endangered and threatened species. North America’s only coral barrier reef covers 2,800 square nautical miles of coral, seagrasses and sea life. The coral reef’s delicate ecosystem is under constant pressure from mainland threats such as agricultural runoff, declining water quality and 3 million tourists visiting the islands each year that impact the fragile balance of life.
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Header Image courtesy of NASA